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BHS Access News for Somerset.



 Somerset is bounded by Gloucester, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon. It is about 65 miles in length and is between 30 and 40 miles in breadth. It contains 482 parishes. The county is hilly and includes the Mendip chain. Limestone and Sandstone.
Main rivers: Parrett, Ivel, Chew, Axe, Thone, Brent, Exe, Frome, Avon

Somerset has 6,129KM of rights of way ,made up of 4,821km of footpaths, 1001km of bridleways, 299 km of restricted byways and 8km of Byways open to all traffic. This means it is the county with one of the greatest length of footpaths in the Country. By contrast , it is very badly off for bridleways. Most of the 1001km of existing bridleways are on Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. The network over the rest of the county is very fragmented. Many of the kms of restricted byways (former RUPPs) are dead ends which are of no use to riders at all.

View Somerset County Council Rights of Way Map


Exmoor Trails - Online Maps

Quantock Hills - Online Map

Blackdown Hills - Neroche - Staple Fitzpaine Herepath Trail Online Map

Blackdown Hills Link http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/Horse-riding.html

Somerset County Council: Problem Reporting on Rights of Way: 0845 3459155

WEB: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/ email: rightsofway@somerset.gov.uk

If not happy with reponses please let the BHS County Access and Bridleways Officer know - see below.

BHS County Access and Bridleways Officer:
Bridleway Associations:
Mendip Bridleways & ByWays Association, Secretary - Mrs Virginia Jones 01749 831276   WEB http://www.mbba.org.uk/
South Somerset Bridleways Association Mebership Secretary Mrs Belinda Burne 01460 240360,  Chairman Mrs. Sarah Bucks
Area Covered: Chard, Langport, Wincanton, Yeovil   WEB:  South Somerset Bridleways Association

Taunton Deane Bridleways Association         Contact: Anne Finn, 01823 490155    WEB Taunton Dean BW Association       

The Trails Trust, WEB www.thetrailstrust.org.uk Contact : Mrs.Rachel Thompson, Townsend Cottage, Priddy, Wells.BA5 3PP 01749 870340

Sedgemoor Bridleways Association-North 01934 743166  

Sedgemoor Bridleways Association-South Secretary Mrs M B White 01823 451387 

West Somerset and Exmoor Bridleways Association, Chair: Alison Kent 01823 400443.

WEB: http://www.westsomersetbridleways.org.uk 

Three Counties Bridleways Group:   http://www.3cbg.org.uk (South Somerset)